Celebrating 20 Years as Second Generation Owners

Bud Miller, Mike Miller, Deb Miller, Jessica Miller August 2016

In November 1997, Michael and Deb Miller had just started their family in Los Angeles. At that time Michael’s father, Bud Miller, was considering retirement after 46 years in business as the owner of Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, and Michael and Deb agreed to move back to Mansfield to help liquidate the business.

“After working in the store alongside his father for a couple of months, Mike realized how much he enjoyed working in the business. Mike and Bud began talks about Mike purchasing the business, and shortly thereafter the sale was concluded. It gave both if us great joy to assist his father in his goal to retire, and carry on the family business,” reflects Deb Miller.

Two decades later, the Miller family is still proudly at the helm of Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, a family-owned jewelry store that has thrived for 66 years in Mansfield because of their quality products and expert jewelers.

“Running a family business in Mansfield has allowed us to both be very present parents, something not possible for us in the NYC or LA areas,” share the Millers, whose son Kyle and daughter Jessica are now both in college.

The past two decades have not been without changes to the store. In 2005, the Millers decided to relocate the business from its original location on the square in Downtown Mansfield to the Appleseed Center in 2005. Mike Miller is also known for his role as President and CEO of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Today, he splits his time between the two positions and Deb manages the day-to-day operations of the store.

“Like Mike, it didn’t take long for me to realize how enjoyable it was to be in the business, and how important was the services we provide the community,” shares Deb Miller.

When asked about the highlights of twenty years of small business ownership in Mansfield, both Mike and Deb Miller warmly reflected on the patronage of the local customers, saying, “We regularly see customers who purchased jewelry 20 years ago or more. The quality pieces they purchased are still providing them joy these many years later, or are being passed down for generations. So often our customers say they wouldn’t shop anywhere else, for the quality, service, and sense of belonging to our ‘Miller Family’ they have, and continue to receive, throughout the generations.”

The Millers attest their customer loyalty to their business’ commitment to quality since its inception. “Every week we see people who purchased items elsewhere, at chain store or online, for example, and the pieces were constructed poorly, repaired poorly, or misrepresented. The most common thing we hear from them is ‘I should have gone to Millers!’ And we’re glad when they do.”

Miss Ohio’s Custom Ring

This Saturday when Miss Ohio 2017 is crowned, she will also be the recipient of a custom diamond ring exclusive to Miss Ohio. Local independent jewelers, Mike and Deb Miller of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, have designed and are donating the custom-designed ring valued at $1,500 to the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant.  


While Miss Ohio has received a ring as a part of her prize package for many years, this is only the second year that a Mansfield jeweler has created the piece. In the past, a jeweler from Zanesville had modified a class ring to become Miss Ohio’s ring.


“We wanted something more feminine and fashionable for a modern Miss Ohio. We designed a lacey design in white gold that cleverly hides the script “Miss Ohio” that you wouldn’t notice at first glance, but would once you look closely. It’s topped off with a 10-point diamond,” shares Mike Miller.

The Miss Ohio ring, while extremely beautiful, also carries within it generations of Mansfield history. Cast in white gold, the ring is created entirely from gold jewelry from Mansfield-area residents. Miller’s Jewelry purchases gold jewelry that may be a family heirloom, an item broken beyond repair, or an antique that doesn’t fit with an individual’s particular style.


“Our family has been involved for decades with the Miss Ohio pageant, from my dad who supported it decades ago, to today where I am happy to be the host in my other position as CEO of the Renaissance Theatre, home of the Miss Ohio pageant. We’re honored to create this special piece for the winner,” states Miller.

5 Times You Should Take Off Your Rings

Five Times You Should Take Off Your Rings

The honeymoon is over and it’s time to get back to normal life, and you want your gorgeous rings to last long enough that they can become beautiful heirlooms, right? We see damaged rings in our store every day for service, and sometimes that damage can be prevented.

Here are a few times you should take your rings off and store them in a safe place:

1. Working Out

Whether you’re just taking it easy on an elliptical, going on a run, or hitting it hard in the weight room, the gym is no place for diamonds. For one, sweat will dull the brilliance of your precious metals and gemstones. But heavy blows to your rings can bend them out of shape causing stones to loosen or fall out, or even crack.

2. Cleaning

Harsh chemicals can take quite a toll on your gemstones and precious metals, sometimes even changing their color. Not to mention, no one has ever scrubbed a stubborn spot slowly & gently, and all that elbow grease can really bang up your beautiful ring!

3. Cooking

Do you really want ground beef jammed under your diamond? No? Doesn’t sound appetizing to us either.

4. Swimming

If there’s one time you MUST take your rings off, it’s when you’re swimming. Cool water can shrink your fingers, making it easy for them to slip off and get lost, for one. Chlorine, on the other hand, can damage and discolor the mounting of your ring and your gold or white-gold setting. There’s no good reason to wear your ring in the pool or the lake!

5. Moisturizing

That creamy moisturizer makes your hands feel amazing, but make your ring look dull and dirty over time. Once your hands have dried, slip that sparkle back on and you’ll look great!

The Timeless Diamond

Luxury Diamonds

The most coveted of the birthstones, the diamond is the gemstone for April birthdays. It’s almost a cliché to say that “diamonds are forever,” but when we think about timeless gemstones the diamond is always the first to come to mind. Diamonds were formed between 1-3 million years ago in the earth’s mantle, then thrust to the surface of the earth through volcanic vents.

Diamonds are prized for their ability to refract light into a rainbow of colors, which jewelers refer to as, “fire.” Another key element to the diamond’s timelessness is its ability to sparkle when hit with the light, which jewelers refer to as “scintillation.” An expert cut creates a number of visual effects in the light, which is one reason why diamonds are so cherished by every generation.

While one of the hardest gemstones (with a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale!), it is a common misconception that diamonds are unsusceptible to harm. In spite of their strength, diamonds can chip or crack, which is one reason why it’s important to regularly check in with a qualified local jeweler.

“Wearing your fine jewelry appropriately can extend its life. It is important to remove jewelry during high-risk activities such as exercising, gardening, cooking and swimming, during which gemstones can become chipped or loose in their settings.

“Because they are so hard, when diamonds become loose in their settings, they can actually cut through the metal holding them in place. Regular examinations by a qualified local jeweler can help detect problems early, and prevent gemstone loss. More importantly, purchasing quality jewelry is the first step toward ensuring lasting value. A well-built mounting will hold and protect your gemstones for years,” says Deb Miller, owner of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry.

As “engagement season” and summer weddings fast approach, many brides and grooms will select diamond rings to represent the timelessness of their love as they make a lifetime commitment to each other, and their choice is based in truth.

Diamonds have played an important part in numerous cultures for thousands of years. As early as the fourth century BC, the diamond trade began in India, making it to Western Europe in the 1400s. Diamonds and other gemstones have been held in high regard by numerous cultures, believed to provide the wearer strength and to carry healing properties. In the first century AD, Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder stated, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

Regardless of whether celebrating an April birthday, making a lifetime commitment, or treating someone for Mother’s Day, a diamond is a truly timeless way to declare your love.

The Impact of Shopping Locally

The Impact of Shopping Locally

For 65 years, our business has been locally-owned and operated. As small business owners, we are committed to continuing to invest in our community and in small businesses, and we live that value out by prioritizing the use of vendors based in Ohio, some even right in our town, and through offering a wide array of merchandise made in the United States.

When you give your business to an online retailer or a chain store, only a fraction of your purchase, if that, is retained in your local economy. Your schools, your parks, your local businesses all suffer – and ultimately so do you. In the end, it actually costs you much more to maybe save a few dollars.

When we talk about being job creators, ultimately we want to see that happen right here in Mansfield. When your dollars are retained in the community, small businesses are able to hire the help they need and invest more in other businesses, creating sustainable jobs right here in our community where we need them most. Moreover, when the local economy is thriving, a community can grow and far more jobs are created.

One of the best things about shopping locally, in our opinion, is the relationships we get to form each day with our customers. We have customers who have been married for half a century who still come into the store to celebrate their anniversaries, even after buying their wedding set with us over fifty years ago! The chatbot on your favorite online retailer can never replace the friendly face who knows your taste, knows your story, and cares about finding you the right item – not just the item with the highest profit margin.

At Miller’s, because we are an independent jeweler, we have the ability to offer a unique array of merchandise. There isn’t a corporate office telling us what we can and can’t carry – our staff works with our clients to find merchandise that will excite them and appeal to their unique tastes.

We consider it our greatest honor to help our community choose beautiful and high quality jewelry, watches, and gifts. Thank you for shopping locally!

Anniversary Gifts

Anniversary Gifts

Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal, Glass
4th Linen (Silk) Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Iron Wood objects
7th Wool (Copper) Desk sets
8th Bronze Linens, Lace
9th Pottery (China) Leather goods
10th Tin, Aluminum Diamond
11th Steel Fashion jewelry
12th Silk Pearls, Colored gems
13th Lace Textiles, Furs
14th Ivory Gold jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
16th Silver holloware
17th Furniture
18th Porcelain
19th Bronze
20th China Platinum
21st Brass, Nickel
22nd Copper
23rd Silver plate
24th Musical instruments
25th Silver Sterling silver
26th Original pictures
27th Sculpture
28th Orchids
29th New furniture
30th Pearl Diamond
31st Timepieces
32nd Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)
33rd Amethyst
34th Opal
35th Coral (Jade) Jade
36th Bone china
37th Alabaster
38th Beryl, Tourmaline
39th Lace
40th Ruby Ruby
41st Land
42nd Improved real estate
43rd Travel
44th Groceries
45th Sapphire Sapphire
46th Original poetry tribute
47th Books
48th Optical goods (e.g., telescope, microscope)
49th Luxuries, any kind
50th Gold Gold
55th Emerald Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond
75th diamonds, diamond like stones, gold
80th Diamond, Pearl
85th Diamond, Sapphire
90th Diamond, Emerald
95th Diamond, Ruby
100th 10-carat Diamond

Man giving wife an Anniversary Gift

Ring Sizes

Engagement Ring SizeNot sure about your ring size? There is an easy way to determine your ring size.

Materials needed:

  • a piece of string
  • a marker
  • a ruler with mm or millimeter markings on it

Wrap the string around the largest part of your finger, this in most cases is the base of the finger in which you want to wear the ring, however in some cases this is the knuckle above where you want the ring. Mark the string where it meets on your finger and measure it with the ruler, make sure to measure it using the mm or millimeter settings.

Want to buy a ring as a gift and you are not sure of the size. Sneak a ring that you know fits and slide it over a tapered candle. follow the directions above and measure the candle where the ring stops on the candle.

Tip: finger sizes can change during the course of the day. To ensure the best fit measure your finger at the end of the day. Or measure a couple of times during the day and order your ring in the largest size that you measured.

Ring Size Inches Millimeter
1/2 15/32 11.95
1 31/64 12.37
1 1/2 1/2 12.78
2 33/64 13.21
2 1/2 17/32 13.61
3 35/64 14.05
3 1/2 9/16 14.45
4 37/64 14.86
4 1/2 19/32 15.27
5 5/8 15.7
5 1/2 41/64 16.1
6 21/32 16.51
6 1/2 43/64 16.92
7 11/16 17.35
7 1/2 45/64 17.75
8 23/32 18.19
8 1/2 47/64 18.53
9 3/4 18.89
9 1/2 49/64 19.41
10 25/32 19.84
10 1/2 51/64 20.2
11 13/16 20.68
11 1/2 53/64 21.08
12 27/32 21.49
12 1/2 55/64 21.89
13 7/8 22.33

Diamond Buying Guide

Woman Holding DiamondsMany people are confused about how diamonds are priced. The best explanation is that asking for the price of a diamond is like asking for the price of a house. A real estate agent can’t quote you a price for a house without knowing its size, condition, location, etc. This process is the same one used when buying a diamond. A diamond’s beauty, rarity, and price depend on the interplay of all the 4Cs-cut, clarity, carat, and color.

The 4Cs are used throughout the world to classify the rarity of diamonds. Diamonds with the combination of the highest 4C ratings are more rare and, consequently, more expensive. No one C is more important than another in terms of beauty and it is important to note that each of the 4Cs will not diminish in value over time.

Once you have established those 4C characteristics that are most important to you, a jeweler can then begin to show you various options with quoted prices.


CaratRefers to the weight of a diamond.

Carat is often confused with size even though it is actually a measure of weight. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. One carat can also be divided into 100 “points.” A .75 carat diamond is the same as a 75-points or 3/4 carat diamond.

A 1-carat diamond costs exactly twice the price of a half-carat diamond, right? Wrong. Since larger diamonds are found less frequently in nature, which places them at the rarest level of the Diamond Quality Pyramid, a 1-carat diamond will cost more than twice a 1/2-carat diamond (assuming color, clarity and cut remain constant).

Cut and mounting can make a diamond appear larger (or smaller) than its actual weight. So shop around and talk to your jeweler to find the right diamond and setting to optimize the beauty of your stone.


ClarityRefers to the presence of inclusions in a diamond.

Inclusions are natural identifying characteristics such as minerals or fractures, appearing while diamonds are formed in the earth. They may look like tiny crystals, clouds or feathers.

To view inclusions, jewelers use a magnifying loupe. This tool allows jewelers to see a diamond at 10x its actual size so that inclusions are easier to see. The position of inclusions can affect the value of a diamond. There are very few flawless diamonds found in nature, thus these diamonds are much more valuable.

Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection, known as clarity, which was established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The clarity scale, ranging from F (Flawless) to Included (I), is based on the visibility of inclusions at a magnification of 10x.

Some inclusions can be hidden by a mounting, thus having little effect on the beauty of a diamond. An inclusion in the middle or top of a diamond could impact the dispersion of light, sometimes making the diamond less brilliant.

The greater a diamond’s clarity, the more brilliant, valuable and rare it is-and the higher it is on the Diamond Quality Pyramid.


ColorRefers to the degree to which a diamond is colorless.

Diamonds range in color from icy winter whites to warm summer whites. Diamonds are graded on a color scale established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) which ranges from D (colorless) to Z.

Warmer colored diamonds (K-Z) are particularly desirable when set in yellow gold. Icy winter whites (D-J) look stunning set in white gold or platinum.

Color differences are very subtle and it is very difficult to see the difference between, say, an E and an F. Therefore, colors are graded under controlled lighting conditions and are compared to a master set for accuracy.

Truly colorless stones, graded D, treasured for their rarity, are highest on the Diamond Quality Pyramid. Color, however, ultimately comes down to personal taste. Ask a jeweler to show you a variety of color grades next to one another to help you determine your color preference.


CutRefers to the angles and proportions of a diamond.

Based on scientific formulas, a well-cut diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror-like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. This results in a display of brilliance and fire, thereby placing well-cut diamonds higher on the Diamond Quality Pyramid than deep or shallow-cut diamonds. Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose or leak light through the side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance and ultimately, value.

Cut also refers to shape-round, square, pear, or heart for example. Since a round diamond is symmetrical and capable of reflecting nearly all the light that enters, it is the most brilliant of all diamond shapes and follows specific proportional guidelines. Ask a jeweler to find out more about these guidelines.

Non-round shapes, also known as “fancy shapes,” will have their own guidelines to be considered well-cut.